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Grants for Researchers

SMITH COLLEGE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
RESEARCH SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Smith College Special Collections, which includes the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College Archives, and Rare Book Collection, is pleased to offer a research support program of fellowships and awards in support of the use of the collections.

We welcome applications from faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students who live at least 50 miles from Northampton, Massachusetts, and whose research interests and objectives would be significantly advanced by extended research in the holdings of either the Sophia Smith Collection, the Smith College Archives, or the Rare Book Collection. We encourage potential applicants to contact our Research Services Archivist, Amy Hague: ahague@smith.edu or use the email reference form to inquire about the relevance of our collections for their projects before submitting their proposals.

In addition, there are two new research grant opportunities available to Smith College faculty and students (see below).

Margaret Storrs Grierson Fellowship
Named in honor of the first Director of the Sophia Smith Collection, and former College Archivist and Executive Secretary of the Friends of the Smith College Library. Fellowships are offered for research in the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives. One fellowship is awarded each year in the amount of $2,500 to support visits between four and six weeks in length.

Caroline D. Bain Fellowship
Named in honor of a graduate of the Smith College class of 1944 who was a longtime supporter of Special Collections. Fellowships are offered for research in the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives. One fellowship is awarded each year in the amount of $2,500 to support visits between four and six weeks in length.

Friends of the Smith College Library Fellowship
Supported annually by the generosity of the Friends of the Smith College Library. Fellowships are offered for research in the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives. One fellowship is awarded each year in the amount of $2,500 to support visits between four and six weeks in length.

Mortimer Fellowship
Named in honor of Ruth Mortimer, class of 1953, the distinguished curator of rare books at Smith College from 1975-1994. One fellowship is awarded each year in the amount of $1000 for research in the rare book collection.

How to apply for Bain, Grierson, Friends, or Mortimer Fellowships.


Travel-to-Collections Awards
Travel-to-Collections awards are offered to offset travel expenses for researchers in Special Collections at Smith College: including the College Archives, Rare Book Collection, and Sophia Smith Collection. We also welcome and encourage requests from those at the pre-proposal stage who would like to survey our holdings before they formulate their research agendas. Awards are up to $1000 to support shorter researcher visits.
How to apply


New England Research Fellowship Consortium
Special Collections, Smith College, is a partner in the New England Research Fellowships Consortium, which offers 8-week, $5,000 stipends to applicants whose research takes them to three or more of the member institutions. For more information go to the NERFC Web site.


Grants for Smith College faculty and students

Rebecca Samay Rosenthal 07 Fellowship
The Rosenthal Fellowship is named in honor of Rebecca (Becca) Rosenthal, a former student assistant in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, where she worked on the papers of Sylvia Plath. Passionate about archival work, she was in the process of earning a graduate degree from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science before her untimely death in 2012. This fellowship supports current Smith student internships and capstone research in the Archives and Book Studies Concentrations ONLY. The award for an internship is up to $1,500 and for a capstone project up to $1,000.
How to apply

Exploration Fellowship (pilot 2016-2019)
The Exploration Fellowship exists to encourage faculty-student partnerships with Smith College Special Collections to do research in the collections that furthers the experiential learning of students and achieves one the following:

(1) expands the teaching capacity of faculty using local archival, manuscript, or rare book materials in the classroom;
  or
(2) expands the existing or exploratory research agenda of the faculty member by using local archival, manuscript, or rare book materials.

The fellowship provides hourly-rate (10 hrs/wk, 14 weeks) compensation for the student and up to $500 reimbursement for research expenses to the faculty member. One faculty-student pairing will be supported each semester starting winter 2016. Any faculty considering applying should first contact Research Services Archivist, Amy Hague: ahague@smith.edu to explore possible research or teaching topics of interest.
How to apply


Application instructions:

Bain, Grierson, Friends, Mortimer Fellowship applications should include:

  • Completed cover sheet
  • Proposal not exceeding five double-spaced pages
  • Curriculum vitae not exceeding five pages
  • Graduate student applicants should also arrange for one letter of recommendation (to be sent either with the application or separately) that speaks to their scholarly experience, ability, and promise.

The application may be sent as an email attachment or mailed as hard copy. Applicants need only submit one application. Fellows will be expected to give a work-in-progress colloquium to the Smith College community during their residency. It is expected that at some later time they will send Special Collections a copy of the final results of their research, when applicable. Proposals should describe (1) the research to be undertaken and its relationship to current research in the field (e.g., basic historiography), (2) the collection holdings to be consulted and their significance to the work, and (3) the current status of the project as well as schedule for completing it.

These grants do not cover research-related costs, e.g., reproduction fees. Applications for all funds will be reviewed once each year. Applications should be sent via email or postmarked by February 15th. Awards will be announced April 1st. Applicants should address their materials to: Research Support Program, Special Collections, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063 or email to Research Services Archivist, Amy Hague: ahague@smith.edu


Travel to Collections Fellowship applications should include:

  • Completed cover sheet
  • Letter outlining the proposed research and needs not exceeding three pages
  • Curriculum vitae not exceeding five pages
  • Proposed budget (not to exceed $1,000) for travel and accommodations
  • Graduate student applicants should also arrange for one letter of recommendation (to be sent either with the application or separately) that speaks to their scholarly experience, ability, and promise.

Proposals should describe (1) the research to be undertaken and its relationship to current research in the field (e.g., basic historiography), (2) the collection holdings to be consulted and their significance to the work, and (3) the current status of the project as well as schedule for completing it. These grants do not cover research-related costs, e.g., reproduction fees. Applications for all funds will be reviewed once each year. Applications should be sent via email or postmarked by February 15th. Awards will be announced April 1st. Applicants should address their materials to: Research Support Program, Special Collections, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063 or email to Research Services Archivist, Amy Hague: ahague@smith.edu


Rebecca Samay Rosenthal Fellowship (Smith students)

Internships: interns must complete a 100-hour internship for work related to their Archives and Book Studies Concentrations. Applicants may work 10 hours per week for one semester, 5 hours per week for two semesters, or 35 hours per week for 3 weeks during the January term or summer. Applications should include:

Applications must be received by November 1 for January and spring internships; and by March 1 for summer and fall internships.

Capstone Projects: Applications should include:

  • A project title and a description of the capstone project
  • A budget reflecting any anticipated travel expenses and as specific as possible.

Applications for capstone project funds can be received and reviewed on an on-going, open application basis.

All Rosenthal Fellowship proposals should be submitted by email to the Director of Special Collections, Beth Myers: emyers@smith.edu


Special Collections Exploration Fellowship (Smith faculty)

Applications should include:

  • A project description no more than two pages in length that includes intent for curricular or research exploration
  • A list of collections to be explored
  • The name of the student who will work with the faculty member
  • Preference for term of work (winter, summer, fall)

Faculty who apply signal a willingness to be the primary supervisor of the student who will work substantially in Special Collections. The SCE Fellowship is not for general, non-Smith Special Collections research or teaching support. Faculty are responsible for selecting the student he/she works with. Funding encompasses support for one student per faculty member per semester. The student will be paid standard rates (10 hrs/wk for 14 weeks). Faculty may be reimbursed up to $500 for research-related expenses, including photocopying and production of high resolution scans.

Applications are due January 4, 2016. Proposals should be submitted by email to the Director of Special Collections, Beth Myers: emyers@smith.edu.


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